Wärtsilä Dual-fuel Engines Make Waves in LNG Carrier Market
Wärtsilä announced that it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. of Korea to supply four sets of Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines to power a series of 155 000 m3 dual-fuel-electric LNG carriers, with an option on four more sets. The ships were ordered last month by BP Shipping of the United Kingdom. and are scheduled for delivery from Hyundai’s shipyard in Ulsan and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries' shipyard in Mokpo beginning mid 2007. Each ship will be equipped with two 12-cylinder and two nine-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines with an aggregate power of 39.9 MW. Delivery of these engines from Wärtsilä's Trieste factory will begin in early 2006. This latest dual-fuel engine order signals the breakthrough of the Wärtsilä dual-fuel engine on the high-volume Korean LNG carrier newbuilding market.
The first Wärtsilä-powered dual-fuel electric LNG carrier, the 75 000 m3 Gaz de France Energy, is scheduled to leave Chantiers de l'Atlantique of France by the end of this month to enter service for Gaz de France. This vessel is equipped with four, six-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines with a combined power of 22.8 MW. The 154 000 m3 dual-fuel-electric LNG carrier Provalys is scheduled for delivery by Chantiers de l'Atlantique to Gaz de France by the end of next year. Provalys will be equipped with three 12-cylinder and one six-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines with a total power of 39.9 MW.